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Shortest Lunch

There’s no better way to spend a wintery weekend than treating yourself to a flight of handcrafted wines and wholesome eats in front of a warm fire. After a two-year hiatus, the much-anticipated Shortest Lunch will return to the Yarra Valley over the winter solstice, giving wine-lovers across the state a reason to look forward to the colder months once more.

On Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, 12 of the Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries members will open their boutique, family-run cellar doors and sheds for wine-lovers to enjoy two days of unlimited tastings and carefully curated bites.

Shortest Lunch 2023 Dates, Ticket Price, Yarra Valley Wine, Melbourne

The unique ‘festival’ experience showcases some of the best-kept secrets of the Yarra Valley and introduces patrons to a delightful world of small-batch, minimal intervention wines that represent the region at its purest, all while enjoying live music at every venue.

These participating boutique wineries each boast their own unique stories – from their rustic cellar doors to the winemaking processes that have either been passed down between generations – or diverted from tradition to new varieties and methods. The Shortest Lunch offers a unique chance to meet the makers and enter the world of winemaking in this uniquely personal event.

The mouth-watering menu includes an array of speciality dishes from around the globe – from traditional Italian fare straight from Nonna’s kitchen, sensational Paella from Spain’s Mediterranean coast, Smoked Kransky from Poland, Mexican street food, Middle Eastern kebabs and flatbreads with a twist and delectable desserts.

There are over 80 wines available to taste, with some wineries offering exclusive new releases and vintage releases exclusively over The Shortest Lunch. There’s something for everyone with Sparkling, Rosé, Red, White, Orange, Pet Net, Dessert wines and ciders on offer. The event also organises live musical performances throughout the day so that you can enjoy your meal in a truly relaxing environment.

For just $50 per ticket, wine-lovers can enjoy unlimited tastings on both days in a complimentary tasting glass you get to keep.

As always, a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to a charity, and this year we are proud to partner with Make-A-Wish in support of their wonderful cause. Over $80,000 has been donated to local community groups, including SES, CFA and local schools, since the event’s inception.

If you plan on staying in the Yarra Valley for the weekend, check out the range of cosy B&B’s, motels or hotels and make the most of the shortest weekend of the year.


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    • Hi Jason,

      It appears that no dates have been announced for 2021 at this point, and most small events really don’t announce anything until closer to the event – probably even more so in these COVID times.

      Since the Shortest Lunch celebrates the Winter Solstice, this happens to land on Monday, 21 June 2021 next year, so depending on if and when then they choose to hold it, you’d this it will be just before that day or the following weekend.


    • Hi Nahisha,

      The Shortest Lunch is held over a number of wineries, so it is an event that you either need to drive yourself, have someone drive you, or catch a tour.

      You could certainly catch a bus out to Healesville, but would then need to catch a taxi to each of the wineries, which would become very expensive.

      I would recommend taking a tour. Here is a list of participating tour guides taking people on tours:
      Wild Wombat Winery Tours
      Go Get Around Tours
      Epicurean Food & Wine Tours
      Yarra Valley Winery Tours
      Driven Indulgence Yarra Valley Tours
      Samba Kombi Services

      Here are some of the general tour options here. I would give them a call before you book to ensure they are running tours on the day. Otherwise, head to the individual tour sites to make your booking.


      • Hi Nahisha,

        Totally agree with Jess the cheapest way is to jump on a tour bus with other people.

        Happy to discuss, our telephone number should you want any further details is 03 9579 5771.

        Kind Regards
        Go Get Around Tours – 20 years experience helping people have a fun day out.

Where is the Shortest Lunch located?
What is the Shortest Lunch address?
Billanook Estate Boat O’Craigo Brumfield Winery Fin Wines Kellybrook Winery Payne’s Rise Seville Hill Steels Gate Sutherland Estate Tokar Estate Whispering Hills Yering Farm Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

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What are the Shortest Lunch entry prices?
General Admission: $50
VIP Ticket: $80 (Includes 1 glass of wine and $20 meal voucher)

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